Almost 30 million people, or over 9 percent of the population suffer from diabetes in the United States alone. This makes diabetes, a disease that is often accompanied by other health complications, the seventh leading cause in death each year. Although scientists are still researching and trying to understand ways to prevent type I diabetes, there are specific steps we all can take in preventing type II. All of the ways in which we can prevent type II diabetes are related to our lifestyles. One of the most significant ways we can help ourselves is to engage in physical activity regularly. The International Diabetes Federation states that just 30 minutes a day of exercise can reduce your risks of developing type II diabetes by 40 percent. Coupling a nutritional diet with exercise is vital for good health, and can help out even more. Avoiding other unhealthy risk factors such as smoking, stress, and depression can greatly help your chances as well, and also making sure to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. With more awareness and education, we can help ourselves and others around us against this deadly disease.